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tv   Piers Morgan Tonight  CNN  July 1, 2011 3:00am-4:00am EDT

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to nominate someone you know who's making a big difference in your community go to cnn heroes.com. that does it for this edition of 360. thanks for watching. piers morgan starts right now. tonight, one of the hottest young stars out of hollywood. no, not that hollywood, hollywood in northern ireland. 22-year-old golfer rory mcilroy is the biggest thing in sports since a guy named tiger. a small town boy made good. now, can he help me with my game >> i'll do what i can, but i can't work miracles. >> u.s. open champion rory mcilroy in his first sitdown since that stunning victory. >> for me, i won a golf tournament and that was really the end of it. but, you know, it's a bigger story than that. >> and then one of the greatest tennis players in the history of the sport, billie jean king. how she felt when she beat bobby rigs in that battle. sexes. >> i still wake up in a cold sweat thinking i have to play that match. oh, thank you, god. thank you for letting me win.
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>> the challenges she faced coming out. >> i didn't get comfortable in my own skin until i was probably 51. >> and my surprising connection with her. i was a ball boy at wimbledon. >> no way. >> this is "piers morgan tonight." we were talking about rory mcilroy's record-smashing victory at this year's u.s. open. he was 16 under par, the lowest score in tournament history. he's only 22 years old. rory mcilroy joins me now. rory, as a fellow irishman, thank you. >> you're welcome. >> for coming to america and beat them at their own game in their own backyard. >> yeah, it -- no, what can i say. it was -- it was one of the best weeks of my life. everything just sort of came together at the right time and, you know, it was a great win. >> i mean to come to america and win the u.s. open is a feat very
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few ever achieve outside of america. what do you think it takes to be a winner? when it actually comes down to it, when you're entering that fourth day as you did, what is it that makes a champion compared to others who often fall by the wayside? >> yeah, i think i know more than anyone else from this year's masters, what happened to me, 95% of it is mental. to know that you're going out with the lead and knowing that if you stumble at all, you know, there's going to be someone that takes advantage of that. but, you know, you just know
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